One of the many desserts that warms my soul is a nice piece of pie. And among my many favorites is the sweet potatoe pie. This is a new recipe I tried from the legendary Oprah and it was very good. I had attacked the pie with the kids for lunch, and when dinner came, Hubs who is not a sweet potatoe fan, tried it without asking what kind of pie, and thought it was a pumpkin pie. Of course I didn't correct him. Let the sweet man enjoy his pie, I say!
Sweet Potatoe Pie
3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 cup chopped pecans
1 lb (2 medium) sweet potatoes, baked, peeled and kept warm
1/4 cup organic butter
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract (used dark rum)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 organic eggs
1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry shell (I used a graham cracker crust)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
To make topping:In a small mixing bowl, combine egg, corn syrup, light brown sugar, margarine and maple flavoring; mix well. Stir in pecans and set aside. To make pie:Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, beat warm sweet potatoes with margarine until smooth. Add condensed milk, orange zest, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and eggs; mix well. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon topping evenly over pie. Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer, or until golden brown. Cool. Serve warm or chilled. To make cinnamon cream:In a medium-size bowl over ice, whisk heavy cream. Add cinnamon and sugar, and whisk to medium-stiff peaks. Serve alongside pie.
Recipe adapted from an old Oprah's magazine.
Notes: I served it chilled. One of the recipes that I'll tweak again. Will use a deeper pie pan next time with pastry crust. The graham cracker crust makes the pie lighter though, the filling was just sweet enough, and the cinnamon whipped cream was perfect with the pie. One of the kids would dunk her piece of potatoe pie into the whipped cream before she eats it. Wonder where she learned that from? [insert laugh!]